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Scotland defender Russell Martin believes friendly matches against Italy and France will help Gordon Strachans men prepare for Antworten

Scotland defender Russell Martin believes friendly matches against Italy and France will help Gordon Strachans men prepare for the World Cup campaign. Discount Nike Air Max 97 . Strachan will take his squad to Metz for a game against Euro 2016 hosts France on Saturday, having lost 1-0 to Italy in Malta last weekend.Scotland return to Malta in September to start their qualifying campaign and will face Group B opponents Lithuania, Slovakia and England before the end of the year while a visit from Slovenia awaits next March. And the Norwich centre-back reckons the players will be ready for the challenge when the competitive action begins.This will get us ready physically and mentally, Martin said.We learnt a lot on Sunday night about a different formation. And especially this time of year, you dont want to be coming away and playing friendlies that dont have any meaning. Matt Ritchie had Scotlands only effort on goal in the match against Italy I know weve not qualified but these teams are gearing up for the European Championship and we are playing against top teams, so we have to be up and at it or else we are going to be on the receiving end of some wrong results.These are the teams you want to be testing yourselves against because, once the qualifiers come around, we are going to be playing against teams of this calibre, and we need to make sure we have got a chance of qualifying.Scotland only managed one shot against Italy, when Matt Ritchies effort flew wide of the target, and the team will have to improve against France.Martin reckons Scotland will have more opportunities to impress in attack as France are place emphasis on attack. Scotland defender Russell Martin (4) in action against Italy It will be a step up in terms of intensity and tempo because they are obviously the home nation, Martin said.Its going to be a great atmosphere, they have sold it out, and it will be a little taster of what the atmosphere is going to be like at the Euros. So we need to be at it from the start, its as simple as that and we know that.Its a different system. France have probably got a little bit more flair in attack, but probably not as good defensively as the Italians.So its a different test but its against a formation we have played against many times so we have to go there and be prepared, and we need to try and impose our own game a little bit more than we did on Sunday night, in terms of getting on the ball, and movement, and keeping the ball a bit better and hopefully getting a few chances ourselves. So we will go there and well have a go. It will be an extremely tough game and we need to take into account who we are playing against, but hopefully on Saturday we put on a better show with the ball and keep that spirit and doggedness without it. Also See: Scotland latest Scotland fixtures Scotland stats Table Live on Sky Nike Air Max 97 China . Saskatchewans Darian Durant is expected to miss the rest of the Roughriders season with a torn tendon in his right elbow. The 32-year-old, who will undergo surgery in the next couple days to repair the injury, was added to the teams six-game injury list Tuesday. Fake Nike Air Max 97 . In an interview with La Presse this week, the five-time Stanley Cup champion and three-time NHL scoring leader specifically took aim at wingers Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty, saying they cant show up in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final and come up empty in Game 6. .Currently no, Tatjana Haenni, FIFAs deputy director of the competitions division and head of womens competitions, said Tuesday in an interview from Ottawa.ALAMEDA, Calif. - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive co-ordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.Thats even after he fired Bill Musgrave two years into his stint with the Jaguars.Musgrave said Tuesday he harbours no hard feelings toward Del Rio over his firing 10 years ago and said he looks forward to working with Del Rio again with the Oakland Raiders.Jack and I are always pulling in the same direction, Musgrave said. We had some real positive times there in Jacksonville. ... I really learned a lot. I sure wish we would have won enough or won the tiebreaker to get in the tournament that year, but it didnt work out. Jacks very competitive, just as I am, so I definitely understood the decision.Musgrave helped develop Byron Leftwich after he was drafted in the first round by Jacksonville in 2003 and relied heavily on running back Fred Taylor, who rushed for 2,796 yards the two years under Musgrave.The Jaguars ranked 18th in the league in passing, 11th in rushing and 28th in scoring in Musgraves two years there with Del Rio and he was fired after the team went 9-7 in 2004.Since leaving Jacksonville following the 2004 season, he has had success at a variety of stops. He served as quarterbacks coach in Washington in 2005 when Mark Brunell helped the Redskins make the playoffs; spent five years as quarterbacks coach in Atlanta where he helped develop Matt Ryan; was offensive co-ordinator for three years in Minnesota, including when Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012; and quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia last season.Musgrave said he learned a lot from Eagles coach Chip Kelly and plans to incorporate some of the spread offence and hurry-up tactics that were so successful in Philadelphia if they fit the personnel in Oakland.Were going to do quite a bit if it fits what the players can do there in Oakland, Musgrave said. Were looking foorward to getting out on the field in the spring and really finding out where their strengths lie. Black Friday Nike Air Max 97. We talked about tailoring our system to fit them, but Ive got a hunch that a lot of the things we did here in Philadelphia will match up real nice and be effective.In five years as the play caller in Minnesota and Jacksonville, Musgraves teams always ranked in the top half in the league in percentage of run plays. The Raiders were last in that category last season under Greg Olson and would like to to do a better job establishing the run this season.The Raiders were one of the NFLs worst offences last season. Oakland finished last in total offence (282.2 yards per game), second worst in scoring offence (15.8 points per game), last in rushing offence (77.5 yards per game), and 26th in passing offence.Im definitely not going to come in with a system and force anybody to do something thats not natural, Musgrave said. Were definitely going to try to customize and tailor the Raiders system to fit the Raider players. Philosophically, I do believe in running the football. I definitely want to be a physical outfit that runs the ball and imposes their will on the defence.Despite the lack of production, Musgrave said he was attracted to the job because of the presence of quarterback Derek Carr. Carr started all 16 games and became the seventh rookie to top 3,000 yards passing and 20 touchdown passes in a season.Musgrave said he will be involved in filling out the rest of the offensive coaching staff. The team has already hired Mike Tice to coach the offensive line.Musgrave also served short stints as offensive co-ordinator with Philadelphia and Carolina before joining the Jaguars. He got his coaching start in 1997 as the quarterbacks coach in Oakland when Jeff George threw 29 TD passes and nine interceptions.___Online:AP NFL website: and ' ' '

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